1969 – New York, NY, USA – The Stonewall Riot – Drag Queens and Stone Butches lead a charge that shut that city down for 2 days.
It is a springtime floating festival in the Annual Queer Social Calendar.
Peak Self Absorption of the 1970s, gave way to the Wall Street Narcissism of the 1980s; and by the 1990s, AIDs was realized to be an Everyone’s Problem. Welcome to the result of Middle Class travel as well as Military Tourism: Travel to Exotic Lands, Meet New People and Kill Them, eh?
I came out in the early 1990s and in Canada – in 1990, common law in English Canada was inclusive of Queers and by 2004, was the federal law, Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia the provinces that lead the way. Saskatchewan wins for proactivity recognizing Transgender Issues as a Human Rights Matter. What an idea- assuming people have personhood. Dignity of person.
In the late 1980s, and into the 1990s, Little Sister’s Book Store in Vancouver BC and the Toronto Community Bookstores were being harrassed by Canada Customs/Revenue Canada and being attacked with pipe bomb level damage.
The Gay Pride Community Parades became the biggest money draws for major cities, and in the aftermath of every Pride and Take Back the Night, there is an increase in random stranger violence by the bashers and haters. Much in the same way that street bar violence and rapes occur after major sports events.
Vancouver’s Queer Community had Angles the Newspaper and Toronto had Xtra, Which expanded into a national chain.